Sunday, April 20, 2014
Ralph Reed & Franklin Graham Denounce Gay Families On ABC's This Week
denounce gay parenting and gay adoption. Reed went all Regnerus and then immediately contradicted himself.
“The social science on this is clear,” Reed said. “This isn’t about Vladimir Putin, this is about what’s best for children here in the United States. The social science is irrefutable: a child who grows up in a home without the mother and father present, and they both very unique procreative, nurturing, and socializing roles, they’re nine times more likely to end up dropping out of high school; they’re five times more likely to end up in poverty; and they’re three times more likely to end up addicted to drugs and alcohol.”Graham then announced that gay people can go to heaven as soon as they stop being gay. Start at the 5:00 mark.
“But the social science is also irrefutable that a child raised in an orphanage is in much worse shape than a child raised in a home,” Roberts objected. “And the fact that people are willing to take these children and raise them, and raise them in a loving way, is clearly better for these children.” “Would you agree with that?” host Martha Raddatz asked. “Would you rather have a child sitting in an orphanage than have gay parents?” “I think the social science is just simply not in yet on same-sex couples,” Reed said, in a notable departure from his comment thirty seconds ago. “I think the law has every right to set an ideal. And the ideal is a mother and a father.”
ILLINOIS: Six Of Seven Anti-Gay State GOP Committee Members Lose Seats
Remember how NOM vowed revenge on former Illinois state GOP chairman Pat Brady for endorsing same-sex marriage? Brady did end up resigning but also gone now are most of his detractors on the state GOP committee.
Illinois Republicans across the state held elections for all 18 state central committee member posts this week, replacing six of the seven officials who signed on to a letter last year to hold a vote on removing Brady as chairman. The seventh person to sign the letter, Mark Shaw of the 10th Congressional District, was re-elected to a four-year term. Brady began making public statements in January 2013 in support of same-sex marriage, contrary to the party's platform that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Committee members in favor of his removal said he not only violated the platform, but commented without notifying them first. Brady, in turn, described the party as "on wrong side of history." He resigned from the chairman's post last May, citing his wife's battle with cancer and his desire to focus on his family after four years as chairman and two as a Republican National Committee member. He was succeeded by current chairman Jack Dorgan of Rosemont last June.
Teabagger Vs Obama Doll
Nebraska Democrats on Friday criticized a TV ad showing Republican governor candidate Beau McCoy knocking a Barack Obama doll off a fence post with his hand. The ad opens with McCoy saying, “More Obamacare in Nebraska? That is the last thing we need.” He then strikes a doll that resembles President Obama. “Beau McCoy hit a new low in his ad, where he is seen striking the president off a fence post,” said Dan Marvin, executive director of the Nebraska Democratic Party. “No matter what party you belong to, the depiction of violence displayed in McCoy's ad is completely disrespectful to the office of the presidency and sends the wrong message to our children.” Vince Powers, state Democratic chairman, called on McCoy to pull the ad.
NASA Promotes Global Earth Day Selfies
NASA wants you to step outside on Tuesday and send them an Earth Day selfie.
For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth-observing missions will be launched into space in a single year. To celebrate this milestone, NASA is inviting people all around the world to step outside on Earth Day, April 22, take a "selfie," and share it with the world on social media. Designed to encourage environmental awareness and recognize the agency's ongoing work to protect our home planet, NASA's "Global Selfie" event asks people everywhere to take a picture of themselves in their local environment. On Earth Day, NASA will monitor photos posted to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr. Photos posted to Twitter, Instagram or Google+ using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie, or to the #GlobalSelfie Facebook event page and the #GlobalSelfie Flickr group will be used to create a crowd-sourced mosaic image of Earth – a new “Blue Marble” built bit-by-bit with #GlobalSelfie photos.
FIV+. And she was so freaked out on the first day in my apartment that she tried to escape by climbing the chimney. Today she's a healthy ten pounds and the friendliest cat I've ever worked for, if also the quietest. As I like to do on this date, I encourage you to visit your local shelter and consider adopting an adult cat. At this writing there are 84 adult cats up for adoption at the East Harlem shelter. I'm partial to the Seinfeldian Seven.
adult cats: "The Free Over Three adoption package includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations and micro-chipping. Adopters will also receive a certificate for free follow-up veterinary care at the ASPCA Animal Hospital within 14 days of adoption, a pet carrier and literature about cat behavior." The APSCA also supports a no-kill coalition of animal shelters all over the New York City area.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Media Matters: Right Wing Rodeo
Playbill To Go Rainbow For Pride
For the first time in its 130 years, Playbill will alter its logo in honor of LGBT Pride. The performing arts magazine's iconic black-and-yellow cover logo will become rainbow-hued at all Broadway and off-Broadway theaters for the month of June. The brand's digital properties and social media sites will follow suit the last week of June to commemorate Pride weeks in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and other major cities around the world. Special LGBT-related content will begin June 1 on Playbill.com, including profiles of nonprofit organizations such as Broadway Impact and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.Sure to be collector's items.
WISCONSIN: Second Marriage Suit Filed
has filed a marriage equality lawsuit directly with the state Supreme Court.
According to court documents, plaintiffs Katherine and Linda Halopka-Ivery of Milwaukee County said the case should go directly to the Supreme Court because the issue of the constitutionality of the ban is one of great public interest (or “publici juris”). This means the Supreme Court has the right to take original jurisdiction on the matter. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he would defend the ban in court. “As Attorney General, I have defended, and will continue to defend, the laws and the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin,” Van Hollen said in a statement. “That’s my job.” The couple was legally married in California, but their marriage is not recognized by the state of Wisconsin due to the gay marriage ban. They will be represented by Milwaukee-based Attorney Paul Ksicinski. The couple could face criminal charges under the state’s gay marriage ban, which not only prevents the recognition of same-sex “civil unions similar to marriage,” but also criminalizes leaving the state to get married in a state where gay marriage is legal.Wisconsin's first marriage lawsuit was filed in February by the ACLU.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Town Outraged After Mayor Fires Police Chief For Being Gay
apparently fired by the mayor because she is a lesbian.
About 100 residents of this small Dillon County town showed up for a special meeting of the town council Thursday night, all with one subject on their mind: Crystal Moore’s firing from the police chief post by Mayor Earl Bullard. Bullard made it clear before the meeting that Moore’s firing wasn’t on the agenda, and he wasn’t going to talk about it. But that didn’t stop Councilwoman Lutherine Williams and other council members. When the official meeting adjourned, they simply moved it outside. “All of these citizens came out tonight to be heard,” Williams said after Bullard refused to hear from anyone on the Moore matter. “You did not have to be standing in corners and out in the hallway,” she said to the standing room-only audience, many of which were forced to listen to the meeting via loud speakers outside the town hall. Those who did make it inside had to show proof of residency.Local television was given a recording of the mayor denouncing Moore.
“I would much rather have someone who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children, because that ain’t the damn way that they’re supposed to be,” Bullard says on the call. “I don’t agree with some of the lifestyles that I see portrayed and I don’t say anything because that’s the way they want to live. But I’m not going to let my child be around. I’m not going to let two women stand up there and hold hands and let my child be aware of it, and I’m not going to see them do it with two men neither. I’m not going to do it, because that ain’t the way the world works.”Moore says that she is overwhelmed at the support.
OREGON: Life Sentence For Mother Found Guilty Of Murdering Toddler That She Believed To Be Gay
The mother of a murdered 4-year-old Tigard boy was sentenced Friday to life in prison. During Jessica Dutro’s trial, prosecutors argued that she killed her son, Zachary, in part because she believed he was gay. She was found guilty of murder, murder by abuse and second-degree assault. Investigators said Dutro and her boyfriend, Brian Canady, beat the child to death in August, 2012 at a Tigard homeless shelter. Canady pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison. Neither can ever again have contact with Zachary's three siblings, including his 8-year-old sister who witnessed the beating and testified in the case.Details on the gruesome crime are here. (Tipped by JMG readers Alison and Ron)
Friday, April 18, 2014
Boy George & Black Lips -Bang A Gong
Boy George joined Black Lips for a free concert today in Philadelphia. From WXPN:
Having just collaborated with co-headliners Black Lips on a cover of T. Rex’s “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” (watch it here), George headed downstairs to treat the audience with a set pulled mostly from his 2013 LP This Is What I Do; though the classic he performed with Culture Club, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” was in the mix, along with “Everything I Own” from his 1987 solo debut Sold and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe.”Listen to the full Boy George set here.
ZIMBABWE: President Robert Mugabe Threatens To Expel Pro-Gay Diplomats
Robert Mugabe, 90, speaking today on the 34th anniversary of his country's independence from Britain.
Mugabe's speech also quoted from the biblical story of Adam's rib, and he threatened to lock gays and lesbians together in a room and not let them out until they make a baby. Zimbabwe is another country that gay people should thank Jesus Christ for, obviously.
LGBT Donor Conference Moved From Hotel Owned By Brunei Over Stoning Law
death by stoning for homosexuality. The hotel is owned by the sultan of Brunei. The Washington Blade reports:
Kirk Fordham, executive director of Gill Action, informed the Blade that a new venue would be chosen in the aftermath of the announcement from the sultan of Brunei. “In light of the horrific anti-gay policy approved by the Government of Brunei, Gill Action made the decision earlier today to relocate its conference from the Beverly Hills Hotel to another property,” Fordham said. “We are seeking a return of all deposits.“ Even before the latest policy announcement, Brunei had a law on the books unfavorable to gay people. Homosexual acts were punishable with up to 10 years in prison. LGBT activists have previously targeted the Beverly Hills Hotel for its connections to Brunei and its anti-gay policy. Last year, the group Dump the Beverly Hills Hotel posted a quirky online video where individuals announced they were “breaking up” with the hotel unless its owners changed their homophobic ways. Fordham didn’t immediately respond to a follow-up email asking why the Beverly Hills Hotel was chosen for OutGiving in the first place given the anti-gay policies of Brunei prior to the latest announcement and the criticism to which the hotel has been subjected.The sultan owns ten luxury hotels around the world. The only other US location is the Hotel Bel-Air, also in Los Angeles.
RELATED: On Tuesday the United Nations denounced Brunei for the latest Sharia laws, which are due to go into effect next week.
Tweet Of The Day - Brian Brown
Enter The Pregnancy Truthers
Steve Malzberg, speaking on yesterday's show.
Concentration Camp Christ
have created a short film which depicts a cross-dragging Jesus being sent to the gas chambers by Nazi guards at a concentration camp. They write:
Jesus has often been wrongly associated with the perpetrators of the Holocaust. In reality, he is to be identified with those who were the victims. As a Jew, if he were in Europe at the time, Jesus may well have suffered the same fate of the six million who perished in the concentration camps. Jewish teaching promotes the idea that the death of Jews in the Holocaust accomplished kiddush ha Shem, the sanctification of God’s name. How much more then, the Bible tells us, Jesus’ death was intended by God for kiddush ha am, the sanctification of the people. Through him we can be made right with God.
WISCONSIN: Vandal Crumples Atheism Sign At State Capitol Building
tried to crumple the above sign at the Wisconsin Capitol Building in Madison. The FFRF posted their message to counter an Easter display erected by the Concernstipated Women. They have posted an additional message next to the sign:
Why is this sign so mutilated? Somebody, presumably somebody who disagreed with our message, tried to destroy our sign. Apparently, this person believes the Capitol is a public forum for Christianity only. If you don’t think religious messages should be displayed on government property, join the club! We don’t think they should be, either. But as long as religious groups use the Capitol to proselytize, FFRF has a right to respond to their message. Religion is divisive. It belongs in churches, not the State Capitol. Keep religion out of government.After attempting to destroy the sign, the vandal was chased by security guards but eluded capture.
Tumblr: Judgmental Maps
Australia Bans Erection Drink
banned the sale of an energy drink that contains the active ingredient in Levitra.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration is warning of the ‘stiff’ side effects of drinking MosKa, after it was found to include ingredients used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. While some might not consider this an undesirable side effect, a safety advisory released yesterday warns that the drink “poses a serious risk to your health and should not be taken”. The drink contains vardenafil, a prescription-only substance, at levels above what is allowed in Australia. Back when MosKa openly branded itself as the ‘sex drive drink’ at Sexpo Sydney. Side effects can include nausea, abdominal and back pain, palpitations and priapism, where the penis remains erect for longer than four hours.The company has posted this message on their website:
We are devastated to have found that the overseas OEM supplier for Moska energy for adults had included an undeclared ingredient, Vardenafil (Levitra), within the natural ingredients. Vardenafil (Levitra) is a prescription only substance. As such, we have terminated the supplier and in the process of producing the product with our own formulation to ensure no hidden ingredients. All our future products will be tested for compliance with all regulatory requirements.You can tell by their ads how "devastated" they really are. (Tipped by JMG reader Daniel)
Ed Shultz Slams Right Wing Talkers For Earning Millions From Conservative Groups
OREGON: An Openly Gay Federal Judge Will Hear Next Week's Marriage Case
will hear next week's marriage equality case in Oregon.
Unlike the five federal judges who have struck down laws prohibiting same-sex marriages in other states in recent months, McShane won't have anyone in the courtroom defending Oregon's constitutional ban when he holds oral arguments Wednesday. And, unlike the other judges, McShane also happens to be one of just nine openly gay members of the federal judiciary, according to the Human Rights Campaign. It's an unusual combination of factors for the 53-year-old jurist, who has served as a federal judge for less than a year. McShane, citing the sensitivity of the case, declined to be interviewed for this story. But friends say they're confident he'll produce a careful decision while setting aside any personal feelings. "You don't want to be the lawyer going in saying with a wink, 'I'm the lawyer on the gay-marriage side and he's going to be with me,'" says Lane Borg, who heads Metropolitan Public Defender and has known McShane for decades. "They would be ill-advised to think that just because Michael is gay that he is going to rule that way."NOM chairman John Eastman has the sadz: "The question is not his sexual orientation, but whether he is situated identically to the plaintiffs and will benefit from the exact relief he provides to them."
RELATED: McShane began his career as a public defender in Portland. He was nominated to the federal bench by President Obama in September 2012. (Tipped by JMG reader Sam)
Ben Carson Lays 2016 Groundwork
Tea Party darling Dr. Ben Carson is laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential bid with a video posted yesterday. The last time someone with zero political experience was elected president was six decades ago. And Eisenhower was a five-star general who had been the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during WWII.
RELATED: Last month Carson declared that the United States is like Nazi Germany because political correctness stifles people from expressing bigotry. Also last month Carson claimed that he'd never compared gay marriage to bestiality and pedophilia even though he'd said exactly that on national television. Last October, Carson said that Obamacare is the "the worst thing that's happened since slavery."
Oregon Readies Gay Marriage Licenses
not defend the state against the marriage equality suit filed in October 2013 by local attorneys on behalf of two gay couples. That case hasn't even been heard yet, much less ruled upon, but the state is getting ready for good news. Via the Associated Press:
In light of the Oregon attorney general's decision to not defend the state's ban on gay marriage, Oregon is now revising its marriage licenses to include forms for same-sex couples. Previously, when people applied for a marriage license, they were asked either to identify as a "bride" or "groom." Now, the new form designates as "Party A" and "Party B." Applicants can also choose to be identified as "bride," "groom" or "spouse." Another change to marriage licenses: eliminating the term "maiden name." Instead, applicants will be asked to provide their "name at birth." Most of Oregon's counties use an electronic version of the marriage form. Clerks are in the process of working with a software vendor to update the online forms.(Tipped by JMG reader Robert)
ARKANSAS: Judge Says He'll Rule On Marriage Equality Suit In Two Weeks
in two weeks.
Colin Jorgensen, an assistant attorney general arguing for the state, said Amendment 83, the anti-gay marriage measure, does not conflict with the state Constitution. Jorgenson said that at no point in the state's history has an amendment been knocked down on the grounds that it violated the Arkansas Constitution. "The people of Arkansas can put whatever they want in the Constitution. The only check on that is the U.S. Constitution," Jorgenson said. The courtroom was packed with same-sex couples, many of whom were among the plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of the measure. Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said at the conclusion of the hearing that he will issue a ruling in about two weeks.If the judge rules for the plaintiffs and does not issue a stay, Arkansas could see a situation somewhat similar to that seen recently in New Mexico, as the suit only targets officials in two counties.
Reality Show Pranks Women Into Thinking They Can Actually Marry Prince Harry
KENTUCKY: Rand Paul Can't Run For Senate And President At The Same Time
has adjourned for the year without voting on a bill that would have allowed Sen. Rand Paul to appear twice on the 2016 ballot. Paul requested a change in state law so that he could retain his Senate seat while running for president.
"In Kentucky, you ought to run for one office at a time," Brian Wilkerson, a spokesman for Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, told CNN on Thursday. "The speaker's thoughts haven't changed on that." The state's Democratic governor, Steve Beshear, is highly unlikely to call the legislature into special session to consider the measure. And that means if Paul's allies in the state legislature want to try again, they're going to have to wait until the legislature reconvenes next January. By that time, a number of 2016 White House contenders may already be officially in the race. GOP State Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, a supporter of Paul's, has argued that Kentucky's law prohibiting running for two offices at the same time is meant to apply only to state-level offices – not federal offices such as the presidency, the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House.Sen. Marco Rubio, another potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, objected to Rand Paul's request earlier this month, saying, "I think by and large, when you choose to do something as big as that, you've really got to be focused on that and not have an exit strategy."
RELATED: Many states allow candidates to run simultaneously for two offices. In 2008, for example, then-Sen. Joe Biden ran successfully for both vice president and to retain his Senate seat representing Delaware.
Six NFL Teams Might Want Michael Sam
As former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam continues his preparations for the NFL draft, several teams have maintained contact with the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The Ravens are among the teams that have displayed the most interest in Sam since the NFL scouting combine along with the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets, according to league sources. The All-American selection is poised to become the first openly gay NFL player. During the NFL scouting combine, Sam had a formal meeting with the Ravens.Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh: "Any player that has the qualities to be a great player and a good teammate is a guy that fits us. We’re really good at helping players, any player, become a part of our team. That goes to all the things that I think are happening in the NFL the last couple of months."
Ben Shapiro's Site: Gays Should Thank Jesus Christ That They Have Any Rights
should look at the Wikipedia map of gay rights around the world and take note that all of the most gay-friendly nations are dominated by Christianity. Klaven concludes:
You have the Bible and Jesus Christ to thank for the fact that you even conceive of yourself as creatures with rights. Such ideas take centuries to develop and the process isn’t smooth or easy. But over time, a culture comes more and more to resemble its core principles. To indict those principles for the sins of history is a crude and thoughtless mistake. Your cause is in the ascendant, gay radicals who hate Christianity. And so you think you can safely abandon the Judaeo-Christian fundamentals that got you here: tolerance, freedom of conscience, forgiveness. You think you can pull out the bottom block of the tower of freedom in order to build onto the top. It’s a fool’s game. I bear no hostility towards you because you’re gay; none. It’s your small-minded bigotry I despise.Klaven is apparently unaware that several of the largest Christian groups in the United States have repeatedly called for re-criminalizing homosexuality. Or that in several states God's Own Party has refused to repeal unconstitutional laws against sodomy. Or that Uganda, which is 85% Christian, has among the most brutal anti-gay laws in the world and very nearly approved the death penalty for for homosexuality.
Dustin Lance Black: I Won't Be Shamed Anymore By Those Bare-Backing Photos
Pasadena City College:
Black was the first of eight potential candidates to make himself available as a speaker, but the Board of Trustees were made aware of nude pictures found on the internet of him with a man having unprotected sex and he was dismissed as a candidate because the board thought his actions might inflame the college’s own sex scandals. “With the porno professor and the sex scandals we’ve had on campus this last year, it just didn’t seem like the right time for Mr. Black to be the speaker,” Board President Anthony Fellow said. “We’ll be on the radio and on television. We just don’t want to give PCC a bad name.” The college recently went through two scandals involving professor Hugo Schwyzer, the “porno professor” who admitted to sleeping with students, and journalism instructor Warren Swil, who admitted to showing nude photos of himself to a student. The problem, however, is that Black accepted what appeared to be an official invitation to speak at commencement more than a month ago.Black has written a lengthy open letter to the school. An excerpt via Out Magazine:
For too long now I’ve sat silent on this issue. That ends here and now and with this sentence: I did nothing wrong and I refuse to be shamed for this any longer.
In 2009 a group of people surreptitiously lifted images from my ex’s computer and shopped them around to gossip sites in a money making scheme. These were old images from a far simpler time in my life, a time before digital camera phones and Internet scandals. They were photos of me with a man I cared for, a man who shared my Mormon background, and who was also struggling with who he was versus where he came from. And yes, we were doing what gay men do when they love and trust each other, we were having sex. I have never lied about my sexuality. If you invade my privacy, this is what you will find. I have sex. It brings me joy, fosters intimacy and helps love grow. I hope anyone reading this can say the same for themselves and for their parents.
In 2010 I took the perpetrators of this theft to Federal court and Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled unequivocally that the defendants had indeed broken the law. The details of this case are readily available for anyone to read — including PCC’s leadership and Board of Trustees. In the eyes of anyone who has seen the devastating effects this trespass has had on me personally, creatively and professionally over these many years, in the eyes of my mother and friends who have held me as I’ve cried, and under the blind scrutiny of the law of this land, I am the victim of this “scandal,” not the perpetrator.
With this cruel act, PCC’s Administration is punishing the victim. And I ask you this: If I was a heterosexual man or woman with this same painful injury in my past, would PCC’s Administration still be rescinding such an honor?
Matt Barber Has The Stamp Sadz
Matt Barber, speaking to OneNewsNow. The "other homosexual artist" Barber refers to is Tom Of Finland, who will be honored this fall by Finland's postal service.
Aretha Franklin To File $10M Lawsuit Over Fake Patti Labelle Fight Story
The News Nerd story claimed that LaBelle was “arrested for assault and battery” after she attacked Franklin with “a Mayweather style right and left” at a March 20 concert in Atlanta. The fictional brawl happened because the Queen of Soul supposedly slighted LaBelle at a PBS “In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul” program taped earlier in March. “The stories were not presented as satire or humor,” Franklin said through her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn. “It was presented as a serious news story intended to depict me in a slanderous and derogatory way — defamation of character.” The News Nerd “reported”: “While Aretha Franklin was making her way to the stage, Labelle extended her hand to greet the ‘Respect’ singer, when she threw epic shade in an effort to avoid her. The two exchanged obscenities after the event and parted ways.” Not mentioned in the News Nerd’s article is that the PBS program also showed Franklin hug LaBelle after the Queen of Soul left the stage.The News Nerd has a disclaimer at the bottom of its page. (Tipped by JMG reader Jerry)